Remember the quaint old days when then President Clinton tried to get us to believe that truth depended upon what “is” is? In his words, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is. If the–if he–if ‘is’ means is and never has been, that is not–that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement….Now, if someone had asked me on that day, are you having any kind of sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky, that is, asked me a question in the present tense, I would have said no. And it would have been completely true.”
We have had to deal with a couple of whoppers from the White House since then. President George W. Bush making the claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Barack Obama stated ‘If you like your health care plan, you can keep it’, just two of the most obvious lies. Donald Trump however has taken deception to a new low as shown by Robert Reich’s video below originally posted on his blog.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution begins with the line, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. A concept which has been under attack since the nineteen eighties but has come under intensified assault since the election of Donald Trump.
Establishment of Religion
Books have been written on what the founders meant but the religious freedom clause is easier to understand broken into two sections. The first part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” is there to prohibit a state religion. The founders were very aware of the Church of England’s influence over Great Britain.
Bishops and ministers in the Church of England swore an oath to remain faithful to the King. at the time of the revolution there wasn’t a bishop in the Colonies but the Anglican Church was attempting to establish one. For many this was not just an issue of religion but one of individual liberty. Many who had fled religious persecution were afraid it had followed them to the new land. Read more...(821 words, estimated 3:17 mins reading time)
It doesn’t matter where we come from or where we are going, we are here now. More importantly we are here together. We are all Muslim in the same sense we are all Christian, Jew, Hindu etc. But it is not something that comes naturally.
Tolerance and understanding have never been a big part of our American life. There have always been groups for ‘real’ Americans to disparage. African Americans were once considered less than human, Irish and Eastern European immigrants were called drunks and thieves while Catholics considered a threat to democracy. John F. Kennedy’s election was especially controversial. I remember hearing, “I’m not going to kiss the Popes ring” (although sometimes the object not being kissed was a portion of his Holiness’s anatomy).
The internment of over 110000 Japanese Americans during World War II was a low point in our history. Franklin D. Roosevelt who ordered the incarceration is considered one of the top five U.S. Presidents. How could he order something diametrically opposed to the constitution?
Fear, racism and a lack of empathy. Read more...(662 words, 1 image, estimated 2:39 mins reading time)